Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2023



Course Number

DIPL 6153 AA

Course Description

This course examines the interactions between institutions and development to understand why some countries are rich and others are poor. Using empirical evidence and comparative cases, the course will identify key features of the economic and political development processes, including individual and societal factor accumulation. We will examine underlying historical, structural, and institutional causes of development and underdevelopment, while appreciating that development is not necessarily linear or as simple as imitating the conditions in a successfully developing country. The objective of the course is for students to be able to draw on empirical evidence to evaluate the relevance of the economic frameworks in diagnosing root causes of development.